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The Effects of Blogging | Linda O. Johnston | A Slice of OrangeIt’s October already, the beginning of a new month.  As always, I’m surprised at how fast this year is going.  Plus, I’m always both excited and concerned as a new month begins, because I have a lot of blogs to write, particularly early in the month.

Why?  Because I’ve committed to write for quite a few blogs over the years.  And why is that?  Because I enjoy it.  Also, I hope to communicate with diverse groups of people about things that I care about, particularly relating to my books and writing.

I started writing for the predecessor of this Slice of Orange in 2007.  That’s the same year I started writing weekly posts for Killer Hobbies–you can visit me there each Wednesday.  There’s also Killer Characters on the 18th of each month, and InkSpot on the first Monday of each month.  And just recently, I started blogging for The Writers in Residence, on Wednesdays about every other month.

Are there similarities?  Sure, even though there are also differences.  I do sometimes use the same posts for more than one of them, or variations on them.

Would I recommend doing this to others?  Sure!  For one thing, I enjoy reaching out to the members and fans of the Orange County Chapter of RWA, as I do here.  And this is a different audience from those who read, for example, the Killer Characters blog, where each post is from the point of view of a character in a mystery series by whoever is posting that day.  Blogs are generally also a different kind of writing from fiction, whether romances or mysteries, more of an or letter most of the time.  Writing one doesn’t take terribly long, but it also helps to clear my mind, for a short while, from what I need to write or edit that day.

So–yes, I’d recommend that you, too, blog away, whether here or another blog or a bunch of them.  I keep hearing rumors that blogs are now unpopular, but they always seem to be countered by other rumors that they’re now very popular. 

Whichever is true, I’m still continuing to blog.


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Marianne H. Donley writes fiction from short stories to funny romances and quirky murder mysteries. She makes her home in Tennessee with her husband and son. She is a member of Bethlehem Writers Group, Romance Writers of America, and Music City Romance Writers.
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Marianne H. Donley writes fiction from short stories to funny romances and quirky murder mysteries. She makes her home in Tennessee with her husband and son. She is a member of Bethlehem Writers Group, Romance Writers of America, and Music City Romance Writers.

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